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Compliant Round 18 CRC Applications Announced

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science has announced the list of 14  compliant CRC applications. The applications will now be vetted by the CRC Advisory Committee which will make recommendations on which are suitable for progression to Stage 2 of the assessment process.

The compliant applications can be found here.

CRCs, the Budget and Election

Commentators have noted the Cooperative Research Centres Programme both as receiving a “$20 million cut” and as one of the “big winners” in last night’s Federal Budget. In other words, it’s confusing. CRC Association’s Tony Peacock tries to explain.

Cooperative Research Centres are back, are strong and are on an upward trend. Let’s deal with some of the dollar detail from last night’s Budget firstly:

A $20 million efficiency saving is noted in the Industry portfolio from the Entrepreneurs Programme and the CRC Programme. The CRCA understands this represents $6 million of unspent funds in the current year from the CRC Programme. The suspension of the funding round in 2014 and the delayed start in 2015 due to the Miles Review has led to a saving.
However, the 2016/17 and the 2017/18 forward estimates for the CRC Programme have been boosted by more than the 2015/16 savings. So overall, we see a small boost in the total CRC Programme budget.

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Take the time to collaborate properly

By Dr Tony Peacock, CRC Association

Perhaps researchers are getting the government’s message that they need to collaborate. Perhaps it is the introduction of the CRC-Ps and the short deadlines for the recent finding rounds. Or maybe it’s that we are all watching too much Reality Television and expect instant answers these days. Whatever it is, the CRC Association is getting feedback that industry is feeling rushed. Researchers are proposing collaborations with very short time frames to get an answer.

In my book, going to a company or a research agency with only a week or a month for them to make a decision on whether they support a particular proposal is not collaboration. Collaboration takes much more time and much more understanding of the strategic wants and needs of the company or industry.

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CRC-Projects a massive hit

Ninety-one CRC-Projects (CRC-Ps) were received by the closing date for the first round on March 17. AusIndustry is currently compliance checking the applications, with the first expected to be funded for a 1 July start, if all goes to plan. Details of the applications are not public as yet, but it is understood that AusIndustry will release details on the average funding request and length of application. There was no minimum application amount set for the round, and a maximum of $3 million over 3 years. Applicants must at least match their request from government.

“The response shows that there are lots of businesses out there wanting to do more collaborative work,” said Dr. Tony Peacock, CEO of the CRC Association. It is a really outstanding response – especially when you think that businesses only had six weeks to prepare for this first funding round. There is certainly no shortage of ideas to fuel the Ideas Boom”.

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Photos and Presentations now up

Photos and presentations from the Business of Innovation 2016 are now up. You can find the photos here and the presentations here.

Business of Innovation Conference a huge success

Frenzied activity continues on this week from last week’s CRC Association annual conference, the Business of Innovation.

With CRC-Project applications due this week and full CRC applications due at the end of the month, meetings from the conference are rapidly turning into actions. The inaugural Science-Business Match-Up was hugely popular and has fired up a number of collaborations. Participants loved the convenience of being able to request meetings with companies or academic institutions of interest to them, and to hold those meetings in a structured format.

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Historic first round of CRC-Projects now open

After the biggest changes in their history, a new funding round for Cooperative Research Centres starts today. Stage One applications for the 18th Funding Round close 31 March and successful CRCs will commence 1 January 2017.

The new CRC-Projects (CRC-Ps) are available for the first time. Applications close 17 March and successful bids are expected to start 1 July 2016.

Industry, Innovation and Science Minister, Christopher Pyne, announced the funding round this morning, stressing industry leadership and practical applications.

“We’ve placed industry at the front and centre of the CRC Programme so we can build on our strengths in high quality research to improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries,” said Mr Pyne.

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